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Costa Rica 2016

Butterflies and Moths

All photographs ©2016; please do not download without permission.  Abbreviations:  RN = Rancho Naturalista; SV = Selva Verde Lodge; LP = La Paz Waterfall Gardens.  Please note that many of these are "best guesses"; I would greatly appreciate feedback from those more knowledgeable than I!  Thanks!


Polydamus Swallowtail (Battus polydamas)  SV

The cattlehearts drove me nuts - I'm sure there were several species involved, but they never stopped moving, so it was hard to get definitive photos!  These are all best guesses...



Wedge-spotted Cattleheart (Parides panares) RN


Wedge-spotted Cattleheart (Parides panares) SV


Pink-checked Cattleheart (Parides eurimedes)  SV


I couldn't discern "pink checks" on this bug, but nothing else seems to fit the wing pattern.  (SV)

Transandean Cattleheart (Parides iphidamas)  SV


Transandean Cattleheart (Parides iphidamas)  SV

Green-celled Cattleheart (Parides childrenae) SV

Sulphur mudding party (any idea on the little yellow on the right?) SV


Statira Sulphur - male (Aphrissa statira) SV

Statira Sulphur - female (Aphrissa statira) RN


Straight-lined Sulphur (Rhabdodryas trite)  SV


Apricot Sulphur (Phoebis argante)  SV

Apricot Sulphurs going after a Black River Turtle (SV)

Apricot Sulphur - female (Phoebis argante)  SV

Ghost Yellow (Eurema albula)  RN


Blue-patched Eyemark (Mesosemia carissima) RN  Worn left and center, more fresh on right.


Purple-washed Eyemark - female (Mesosemia lamachus)  SV

(not very...) Greenish Grayler (Menander pretus)  SV


Sailor's Lenmark - female (Thisbe irenea)  SV


Foxface Lenmark (Thisbe lycorias)  RN left, SV right

Both lenmarks together (SV)

Variable Beautymark - female (Rhetus periander)  SV

Red-spotted Metalmark (Cyrenia martia)  SV


Cherry-bordered Metalmark - female (Lyropteryx lyra)  SV

Blind Sheenmark (Eurybia elvina)  SV

Hermodora Scintillant - female (Detritivora hermodora)  SV


Erato Heliconian (Heliconius erato)  "Cope's Place" (on the way to Selva Verde)

Grinning Heliconian (Heliconius cydno) RN


Grinning Heliconian (Heliconius cydno) SV


Sara Heliconian (Heliconius sara)  SV


Julia Heliconian (Dryas iulia)  SV


Beat-up Juno Heliconian (Dione juno)  SV

Heart-spotted Heliconian (Heliconius hecale zuleikaSV


Gray-based Crescent (Castilia myia) RN


Pale-banded Crescent (Anthanassa tulcis)  SV

Claudina's Tegosa (Tegosa claudina)  RN


Square-tipped Crescent (Eresia phillyra) - SV


Smudged Crescent (Castilia eranitesRN


Banded Peacock (Anartia fatima) RN left, SV right

Eyespot Sister (Adelpha leucophthalma) RN


Smooth-banded Sister (Mexican race - Adelpha cytherea marcia)  RN


Orange-washed Sister - (Adelpha cocala)  SV


Spot-celled Sister (Adelpha basiloides)  SV


Barnes' Sister (Adelpha barnesia)  SV


Pointer Sister (Adelpha iphiclus)  SV

Silver-banded Sister (Adelpha ethelda)  RN

Tiger Beauty (Tigridia acesta)  RN

Guatemalan Daggerwing (Marpesia berania)  RN


Malachite (Siproeta stelenes)  SV

Common Morpho (Morpho helenor)  SV

Gold-bordered Owl-Butterfly (Caligo atreus)  RN

Heliconia Owlet (Opsiphanes tamarindi)  Captive @ La Paz Waterfall Garden - couldn't find an ID sign...

Variable Prestonian (Tithorea tarricina) RN

Fuzzy-spotted Ticlear (Hypoleria lavinia)  "Cope's Place" (on the way to Selva Verde)

Tiger Ithomia (Ithomia heraldica) RN


Common Ticlear (Hypothyris euclea) RN

Yellow-tipped Ticlear  (Ceratinia tutia)  RN


Rusted Phantom-Satyr (with and without flash) (Cithaerias pireta)  SV


Red-patched Phantom-Satyr (Pierella helvina) RN

Variable Ur-Satyr RN  (Pseudodebis zimri)


White-banded Satyr (Pareuptychia metaleuca) RN

White Satyr (Pareuptychia ocirrhoe)  RN

Gold-stained Satyr (Cissia pseudoconfusaSV


Hermes Satyr (Hermeuptychia hermes)  RN left, SV right


Tanna Longtail (Urbanus tanna) RN


The left bug looks good for female Brown Longtail (Urbanus procne), but I'm out to lunch on the center and right bugs; band and apical spots look good for Teleus (U. teleus), but there's no tell-tale white in the antennae, which would suggest Tanna (U. tanna)  SV

Dorantes Longtail (Urbanus dorantes) RN


Cobalt Longtail (Urbanus viterboana)  RN

Spined Silverdrop (Epargyreus spina) RN


Spineless Silverdrop (Epargyreus aspina)  SV

Dimpled Banded Skipper (Autochton longipennis)  SV


Two-barred Flasher (Astraptes fulgerator)  RN


Frosted Flasher (Astraptes alardus) RN

Camouflaged Skipper (Diaeus varna) RN


Dark Nison (Nisoniades laurentina) RN

Teardrop Skipper (Eracon lachesis)  SV


Stoll's Flat (Celaenorrhinus eligius)  RN

Dotted Flat  (Celaenorrhinus monartus)  SV


Small Mellana (Quasimellana sethos) RN

Mellana sp.?  (Quasimellana sp.)  RN


Common Glassywing (Pompeius pompeius)  RN


Common Glassywing (Pompeius pompeius)  SV

Costa Rican Brown-Skipper (worn?) (Cobalopsis latonia)  RN

Shy Saliana (Saliana longirostris) RN

Confluent Skipper (Tirynthia conflua)  SV


Brazilian Skipper (Calpodes ethlius) RN


Yellow-legged Cynea (Sucova sucova)  RN

Guardpost Sedge Skipper (Euphyes peneia)  SV

Joanna's Skipper (Joanna joanna)  SV

Osca Skipper (Rhinthon osca)  SV

Vetula Skipper (Vehilius vetula)  SV

Radiant Brown Skipper (Callimormus radiola)  SV


Butler's Brown Skipper (Cymaenes alumna) RN

Mystery Skipper (RN)

Mystery Skipper (SV)

Mystery Skipper (SV)

Mystery skipper (SV)

Moths (all taken at the Moth Sheet at Rancho Naturalista unless otherwise noted)

"Hippo Silk Moth" (Rhescyntis hippodamia) (Both this and the next species were called "Giant Silk Moth" on the Internet...)


Giant Silk Moth (Arsenura armida)

"Autumn Silk Moth"  (Eacles ormondei)

"Purple-washed Silk Moth" (Othorene purpurascens)

Another Othorene moth, this one at Selva Verde


Palmer's Sphinx (Adhemarius palmeri)


Sunset Moth (Urania fulgens)  SV


Unknown Geometrid

"White Angle Moth" (